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Euro 2016 team preview: Iceland hope for a dream Euro debut

Group F: Portugal | Iceland | Austria | Hungary

It seems enough of an achievement that Iceland, with a population of 323,000, are playing in the finals. Their presence is a triumph of teamwork, excellent youth development and a sprinkling of individual genius -- all of which mean progress from a not especially daunting group should be the aim.

How they qualified: Second in Group A

Iceland finished two points behind Czech Republic and two ahead of Turkey. They were unbeaten at home and recorded a memorable "double" against the Netherlands. A solid defence conceded just six times in 10 games.

How they'll proceed:

Iceland should finish at least third in the group, which would give them a good chance to reach more uncharted territory. However, third place would probably match them against Germany or Spain in the last 16 and see them bow out with their heads held high.

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Having been shock qualifiers, Iceland will fancy their chances of making an impact at Euro 2016.

Predicted lineup:

(4-3-3); GK: Hannes Halldorsson; DF: Elmar Bjarnason, Kari Arnason, Ragnar Sigurdsson, Ari Skulason; MF: Johann Gudmundsson, Emil Hallfredsson, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Birkir Bjarnason; FW: Kolbeinn Sigthorsson, Alfred Finnbogason.

Key player: Gylfi Sigurdsson

He is the star of a close-knit team and scored all three goals in two remarkable qualifying wins against the Netherlands. The playmaker has an international scoring record of one in three, and his prowess from set pieces, as well as long range, should be useful.

Manager: Lars Lagerback

Lagerback made his name with a long stint in charge of his native Sweden between 2000 and 2009, which included three Euro qualifications, but his success since taking over Iceland in 2011 has been even more remarkable. He also managed Nigeria at the 2010 World Cup.


June 14 vs. Portugal (3 p.m. ET/7 p.m. GMT; Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, Saint-Etienne)

June 18 vs. Hungary (Noon ET/4 p.m. GMT; Stade Velodrome, Marseille)

June 22 vs. Austria (Noon ET/4 p.m. GMT; Stade de France, Saint-Denis)
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